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Sainte-Thérèse basilica

The basilica is a 20th century building that is stunning, interesting, big, brash and slightly gaudy all at the same time. Begun in 1929 and consecrated in 1954 the basilica celebrates the life of Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin or Sainte Thérèse as she later became. If you want to read about her life you can find plenty of things on the internet.
The basilica is well worth a visit from a tourist point of view as it is a stunning building although not one that would say is either beautiful or harmonious in its proportions as some of France's more traditional religious buildings are.
Built from white marble it is similar in appearance to the Sacre Couer in Paris, a comparison reinforced by its hilltop location.

  • Last visit to Lisieux: Sep 1992
  • Intro Updated Aug 7, 2009
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    Jul 30, 2010 at 4:38 AM


  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    I've got it on my list for Europe 2011. I just wish you had more pictures. The Chateau is lovely. Thanks Andrew. Regards,Kate

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Your on a roll with adding so many wonderful places. The The Chateau of Saint Germain de Livet looks lovely and I bet the moat must have been to hoot to see! Nice page!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Splendid architecture indeed! I like visiting such fabulous places....

  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Ah yes, went to the chateau last autumn. OTBT but worth the effort.


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